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Scholarship and College Pathways

Scholarship & College Pathways Coordinator

*Fall 2020, please contact me on my google voice at 831-508-8733 or email at nicole_morasca@pvusd.net

Nicole Morasca

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

Nicole_morasca@pvusd.net


Aptos High

Tuesdays 

831-728-7832 ext. 5186


 Pajaro Valley High

Mondays & Fridays  

831-728-8102 ext. 3598


 Watsonville High

Wednesdays & Thursdays

831-728-6390 ext. 6477

 

First Generation Students Unite

This video presents the perspective of several first-generation college students attending an Ivy League school. Interested in knowing their stories? Please click on the video link to get an account of their fascinating experiences.

All Scholarships are now located in Naviance

Naviance Directions and Links

Naviance Directions: Log in to your Naviance and click on Colleges > Scholarships and Money >Scholarship List.  You can now view all open opportunities.  Use the filter tab to quickly search specific criteria that is relevant to you. Make it a point to check at least once a week for new opportunities added. December through May, check several times a week as new opportunities are added daily. (Watch for Naviance email messages for potential opportunities. Ensure that your personal email address is added to your Naviance account, so you can receive any correspondence without having to log in).

Naviance Links: 

AHS Naviance Link

PVHS Naviance Link

WHS Naviance Link

Where do I look for scholarships?

 

Naviance: See above for directions

Internet: (NEVER PAY TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP) Use a search engine to view scholarship opportunities. Think about your individual situation; major, interests, hobbies, ethnic background, religious background, volunteer, college choice, disabilities, various medical conditions of yourself or of a member in your immediate family. Type your specific criteria into the search field and remember to include the current graduation year to limit out of date information from being displayed.

Parent/ Guardian/Grandparents etc.: Talk to your parents, guardians, grandparents, family members and friends about any scholarship opportunities offered through their job. If your parent/guardian or grandparents belong to a union, research any opportunities open from the union. Ask if your contacts belong to any clubs or organizations that offer high school scholarships. 

College: Contact the financial aid department of the colleges you would like to attend. 

Scholarship Tips

National vs. Local Scholarships vs. Contest: National scholarships are offered to seniors across the entire country and at times internationally. Always apply to scholarships if you meet the donor’s criteria, but understand they are very competitive. Local scholarships are available to a smaller pool of candidates. You may be competing with students from a few local counties, cities or just other seniors at your school. Scholarship contests are just as it states, a contest. There are usually no specific criteria for a contest but be wary of providing too much personal information. 

Need Based Scholarships: Need based scholarships are centered on financial need. Complete the FAFSA application. Applying is FREE, if the site is requesting payment, you are not on the official website. There is a FREE FAFSA workshop offered at school. Check the daily bulletin for the date. FAFSA opens on October 1 of each year. (Remember, that each year you must reapply!!). ALL STUDENTSEnsure that you file the FAFSA, even if you don’t think you will qualify for any type of financial aid. Not only does it open you up to the college’s scholarships and grants, a lot of outside scholarship donors ask about your FAFSA report, even if the scholarship is merit based. 

Merit Based Scholarships: Merit based scholarships focus on criteria not related to financial need (although some merit-based scholarships may take need into consideration) Merit based scholarships take into account the students GPA, SAT and/or ACT scores, community service, interests, clubs, major and other attributes. 

Community Service: Whether you qualify for Need Based, Merit Based or both types of scholarships, frequently the one common standard is community service. Make sure you report all hours of community service that you complete. Not only can your community service benefit you in scholarship applications, it is a great advantage on a resume, creating a network for potential employment and makes you a better person. 

Do Deadlines Really Matter: YES!!!! We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to get a completed application done by the deadline. Always plan ahead! Try to have a fully completed application done 3 days before it is due, especially if it has to be mailed. 

Letters of Recommendation: Always allow plenty of time to request your letters of recommendation. Do not expect to receive the letter immediately. Provide a short brag sheet of your accomplishments. (ie: a teacher or counselor may know about your achievements in the classroom but is unfamiliar with your activities outside of school). 

Give at least two weeks’ notice to receive any letters you request. Each scholarship has specific criteria on what types of letters of recommendation they accept. (teacher, counselor, neighbor, boss, clergy etc.) Be sure you follow the instructions and provide as many letters as the donor requests. Start requesting any letters of recommendation now, so you have it ready for when it is needed. It is always a nice gesture to send a thank you note to anyone you ask to provide a letter for you.

Should I Only Apply to Scholarships that have a High Dollar Amount:  If you meet the criteria of the scholarship, apply regardless of the amount. In the past students have applied to numerous scholarships and received almost $10,000 in awards by the end of the school year. This was accomplished by applying to every $200, $300 or $500 award they qualified for. If the scholarship is open and you meet the criteria, apply regardless of the amount of the award. 

Essay: When writing an essay for your scholarship application, be sure to answer any questions the donor requires. Copying and pasting an essay used for all scholarships may not answer specific questions the donor has asked and will result in your application being disqualified.

2020 Summer Programs & Volunteer Work for 9th-11th graders

Click here for programs

Donate to PVUSD Scholarship Fundraiser

Websites / Resources

E4FC Undergraduate Scholarship Database (Resource for undocumented students)

 

E4FC has developed resources to help undocumented students across the United States find scholarships to pay for college. (Click here for Scholarship Database)

 

 

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